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Anne Madden

Encaustics

University City, MO

 Encaustic is a wax-based paint made of beeswax, resin, and pigment. The mixture is heated to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at a molten state for painting. The encaustic paint is applied to a cradle wood board. After each layer is applied, the piece is fused by heat gun. This technique creates a unique texture and vibrancy that’s difficult to reproduce in other medium. I started working with Encaustic paints 3 years ago. I love the movement of the wax when the heat is applied and being able to manipulate the molten wax to create textures. Some of my pieces have over 10 layers of wax applied. I usually let the movement of the wax determine my finish piece. I apply a varnish finish to seal and create a shine to the Encaustic.